Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What's Up Wednesday - 1.14.15

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch
base with blog friends and let them know what's up.

You can participate by going to Jaime's blog here. Or Erin's blog there.

How's everyone doing? I hope your New Year has kicked off excellently and you are keeping to all your reading/writing/exercise goals! <3

What I'm Reading

I am completely in love with Caitlin Moran's HOW TO BUILD A GIRL. Teenage Valerie would've been great friends with Johanna AKA Dolly Wilde. We would've listened to Hole cranked up loud and worn preppy private school girl skirts with ripped tights and combat boots and smoked cigarettes where we'd known we'd get caught.

But seriously, I love this book. It's completely how I remember being a teenager. The story captures the stagnant simplicity of living in a boring town and only having your music to push back that overwhelming feeling of I HAVE TO LEAVE AND BE WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE. For Dolly, it's London. For me, it was New York.

Stay strong, Dollys of the world. You'll get out. <3
Also, read this book.
What I'm Writing 

A whole lotta nothing! I'm taking a small time out while I collect some feedback on a manuscript. It's always strange at first, having nothing to do or write. It reminds me of how when I was in college, once I finished my last final, there was that strange limbo where my body was still running on pure adrenaline and also crashing because it was forced to stop. Either way, I've slowed down and am enjoying it.

What Else I'm Up To

Cross stitching! After being in awe of Leigh Ann Kopans' adorable sassy cross stitches, I made my reward for finishing my MS to learn how to cross stitch. Be prepared, my friends. I plan to stitch the word "bitch" on everything!

For now, I'm learning on these hummingbirds.

Have an awesome week! <3


  1. I too love breaks but they feel weird…I agree. It's like "what do I do now?" I haven't heard of the book you are reading and it sounds great. Thanks for sharing and fingers crossed the feedback on the ms is great :D

  2. Enjoy that break - sometimes they're just what you need. :)

    Haha, I hope you keep us updated with your cross-stitching progress; I want to see "bitch" on everything.

    Have a great week!

  3. I've never tried cross stitching beforre, but it sounds like fun. Not writing would be werid to me too, I'm always working on something. But I hope you enjoy your writing break!

    My What's Up Wednesday post.

  4. Love the pencil socks! I saw a pair on ModCloth that I really wanted, but didn't end up buying for whatever reason. Enjoy the "slowing down" and the cross-stitching! I haven't cross-stitched in years and between you and Leigh Ann, you're making me want to give it a go again. I'm loving this snarky craft thing. Have a wonderful week, Valerie! :D

  5. I have How to Build a Girl on my ereader! Here's to guessing when I'll get to it but I'm still on a freeze from borrowing from the library to get to the books I own. #theStruggle

    Now back to reading a really great unpublished manuscript...

  6. Lol, definitely not your grandmother's cross-stitch!
    I'll have to put that book on my TBR- I remember loving Hole when I was a teen, wearing my Doc's and knee socks, and rolling up my skirt (my mom was super strict) when I got to school. :)

  7. Those socks are awesome!!! :D

    Enjoy your writing downtime and have a brilliant week.

  8. Hummingbirds are bitches, so you've chosen your first project wisely. I hope you enjoy cross-stitch; I used to do a ton of it, and have a couple of unfinished projects rebuking me from the closet.

  9. I want a bitch-stitched throw pillow please!


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